Can’t afford to take the time off to travel overseas where you can recover from your surgery in a luxury resort? Or maybe you just want to be in the comfort of your own home after your breast surgery.
Here are some tips to help you prepare your home and make your recovery as easy as possible:
Make your house a relaxing space
Better healing happens in a serene, low-stress space. So, tackle your overflowing laundry basket, put fresh sheets on the bed and get the house tidy. Get everything ready so you have nothing to worry about besides yourself. Also, pull down items you will need from up-high spaces, as it’s likely you won’t be raising your arms over your head.
Set Up a ‘Post-Op Recovery table’
Set up a table close to you with things you’ll need when you get home: medication, tissues, water bottle, TV remote, mobile phone. Even get some of your favourite movies or books ready to keep you entertained.
Plump up your pillows. Many doctors tell their patients to sit at a 45 degree angle for the first few days after surgery. This will help reduce any swelling and bruising. So, before you leave your house, have your bed and pillows ready.
You probably won’t feel up to hanging out in the kitchen, so stock up on easy-to-prep foods. If you’re a cook, make and freeze your favourite dishes ahead of time (and if you’re not, maybe you can call on your family members or friends to bring you some.)
Organise Childcare (for human and fur babies)
You probably won’t feel up to going for that daily walk with the dog straight away, or if you have young children, you will not be able to pick them up for at least a few days after your surgery. To make things easier for yourself either organize to take your kids to a childcare or get someone to stay and assist you for a few days after your surgery.
Find some ‘easy-off’ clothing. After your surgery, you won’t be able to lift your arms to put on your t-shirt. It is a good idea to show up to surgery with a shirt or sweater that zips or buttons up at the front. These will also be handy for when you get back home as well.
It’s important you stick to the medication schedule that your surgeon gives you. A Pill Organizer is a cheap and effective way to make sure that you take your medication as prescribed, which is especially important where antibiotics are concerned. Pain medications, when taken other than as prescribed, can be very dangerous. A pill organizer can help you to remember when you are due to for the next dosage of medication.